EXHIBIT Closed on December 6th 2015

Juror: Oliver Wasow 

Juror's Choice: "Fire, San Jose, California. 2013" by Michael Martin from San Jose, CA USA
Juror's Choice: "Fire, San Jose, California. 2013"
by Michael Martin from San Jose, CA USA

Strange, eerie and illusive; photographs that lend themselves to an implied narrative or otherworldly oddity.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:12 November 15
Artists' Reception:22 November 15 16:00
Exhibit Closes:6 December 15
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

In documenting the oddness of real life, the "Photographer of the Freaks" Diane Arbus, once said her pictures sought to capture “the space between who someone is and who they think they are”. There is a realness and a perplexing otherworldliness to her work that makes it so provocative.

In contrast, some odd works are less about exposing the weirdness of reality but more about the artist constructing an alternate universe. Photographers have created images that intentionally perplex the viewer as early as the 1860s; Henry Peach Robinson was a pioneer of combination printing, creating the illusory photo montage long before there was Photoshop.  

Darkroom Gallery is calling for images that lead one to the edge, encouraging the mind to leap. Documentary shots, multiple exposures, constructions, staged, anything goes, just go ahead and leave the viewer baffled. 

Juror's Statement:

To make an “odd” photograph is, in some to ways, to disrupt the very foundations of what a photograph is thought to be. Even in this digital age, when photographs are as malleable and open to manipulation as paintings, we continue to ascribe a certain assumption of objectivity to a photographic image. If we see a photograph that is in some way disconnected from spatial or temporal specificity, we're tempted to ask questions we would never think to ask of a painting, things like “what is that…where is that….when is that?”. Perhaps because of the desire to sever this tie to objectivity, many of the photographs submitted for this exhibition turned to tropes and imagery traditionally associated with Surrealist Painting. It’s not an exaggeration to say that dolls, masks and dreamscapes make up a majority of the pictures I reviewed. And yet the images that seem in many ways the oddest to me, and those that hold the most appeal, are those that somehow rest between the real and the imagined. The oddest photographs are those that keep one foot planted in the plausible, forcing the viewer to question whether what they are looking at is made or taken, and reminding us that in the end fact is indeed stranger than fiction.

Oliver Wasow

      Fire, San Jose, California. 2013
      Juror's Choice

      Michael Martin
      San Jose, California USA
      Honorable Mention

      Kristen Victoria Harner
      Damascus, MD USA
      Two Toilets
      Honorable Mention

      Len Speier
      New York, NY USA

      über die innenstadt
      Honorable Mention

      Mark Melnick
      Palm Desert, CA USA
      Fragrant Pink Couch, China 2011
      People's Choice

      Julie O'Connor
      Weston, CT USA
      Echo no. 87

      Alexandra Opie
      Salem, OR USA

      Em & Ruth

      Alexis Doshas
      West Wardsboro, VT USA
      Lake Champlain wreckage

      Alexis Doshas
      West Wardsboro, VT USA
      You're the One

      Amanda Marie Harner
      Damascus, Maryland USA

      Untitled (Defaced)

      Ana Teresa Vicente
      Lisboa, Portugal
      Indian Grain Worker

      Bob Tetro
      Arlington, VA. USA

      Boba Fett
      Remulak, Space France

      Trapped Selfie 2

      Dani Salvadori
      London, UK
      Three Fold

      Etta Martin
      Saint Joseph, Missouri United States
      Morning Fog

      Geoffrey Agrons
      Philadelphia, PA USA


      Geoffrey Agrons
      Philadelphia, PA USA
      concrete cemetery

      Gianpaolo Mastronardi
      Conversano, BARI Italy
      Lost In The Illusion

      Haomin Wei
      detroit, Michigan USA

      Online To Offline

      Haomin Wei
      detroit, Michigan USA
      “Untitled” from “Found and Fabricated Phenomena” series

      Janelle Young
      Athens, GA USA
      Where the Sidewalk Ends

      Jeff Evans
      Rantoul, IL USA

      Silent Chaos

      Jennifer Dipper
      Arcadia, CA USA
      Figure with Vapor,

      JP Terlizzi
      New York, NY USA

      Kristen Victoria Harner
      Damascus, MD USA

      Angela and Steve

      Kristin Skees
      Hampton, Virginia USA
      The Gannons

      Kristin Skees
      Hampton, Virginia USA
      The Collector

      Li Shen
      Thetford Center, Vermont USA


      Liza Hennessey Botkin
      Studio City, CA USA
      "We need more ice."

      Mark Melnick
      Palm Desert, CA USA
      In the Mind of the Creator

      Mark Melnick
      Palm Desert, CA USA


      Marty Daily
      Allenstown, NH USA

      Max Ross
      Evanston, Illinois USA

      Max Ross
      Evanston, Illinois USA

      Tree, Berlin. 2012

      Michael Martin
      San Jose, California USA
      Salton City, California. 2015

      Michael Martin
      San Jose, California USA
      Big Bird Whizzing

      Mildred Alpern
      New York, New York USA

      Outer Peace

      Nick Winkworth
      Menlo Park, CA USA
      Rainbow Over San Jose Airport

      Nick Winkworth
      Menlo Park, CA USA

      Norma McGehee Woodward
      Fredericksburg, VA USA

      Father, Son

      Pierre Hauser
      New York City, NY USA
      51.383831, -0.770176

      Priya Baxter
      Wokingham, Berkshire England

      Richard K. Kent
      Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA


      Robyn Wade
      Richmond, VA USA
      Self Asleep for 4 1/2 Hours, San Francisco CA 1984

      Steve Harper
      Greenbrae, CA USA
      Barbershop duet

      Terry J. Allen
      east montpelier, VT USA


      Thomas Mitchell
      Holden, MO USA
      Fish Drying Rack, an Iceberg Passes, Greenland

      Thomas Pickarski
      New York, New York USA

      Timothy Dicke
      Yellowstone NP, Wy USA

      •  All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog.
      • Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition, and a free exhibition catalog.
      • Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition. 
      • People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
      • We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes.
      • Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.

      Juror: Oliver Wasow

      Oliver Wasow is a fine art photographer and collector of found photography oddities currently living and working in Rhinebeck, NY.  He received his BA from Hunter College and his Master’s Degree from the Transart Institute, In Austria.  His work is currently represented by Theodore:Art Gallery in NYC.

      Wasow has had a number of one person exhibitions, including shows at the Josh Baer Gallery, Janet Borden Gallery, Tom Solomon Gallery in Los Angeles, The South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art in North Carolina, and Galerie De Poche in Paris, France. His work has also been included in numerous national and international group shows, including such benchmark exhibitions as ‘Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop,’ at The Metropolitan Museum of Art,  ‘Image World,’ at the Whitney Museum of Art in NYC, and ‘The Photography of Invention,’ at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.   

      His photographs are included in a number of private collections and are also represented in various prominent public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and The Milwaukee Art Museum. Reviews of his work have been featured in most major art publications, including, among others, Art Forum, ArtNews and The New York Times. He has been the recipient of various grants and awards including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant in 1999 and, in 2000, his second New York State Council on the Arts Grant.